School responds to mast health worries in Leixlip

Scoil San Carlos, Confey, Leixlip. Photo John Barrett.
SCOIL San Carlo Junior school in Leixlip has told parents that emissions from a communications mast at River Forest Hotel are well below that recommended by the World Health Organisation.

SCOIL San Carlo Junior school in Leixlip has told parents that emissions from a communications mast at River Forest Hotel are well below that recommended by the World Health Organisation.

The school’s Bord of Management meet last week following concerns raised by some parents about the promximing of primary school children to the hotel’s mast.

The proximity of the mast the school, has been a long running issue, with some saying guidelines are out of date.

Recently a group, including Aidan Jordan, raised their concern about the mast.

Mr. Jordan wanted his son moved away from the room in the junior school which is nearest to the mast.

Contact by the Leader for comment, the school said it would send a letter out to parents. A letter dated 11 September told parents that “to clarify the position,” we contacted the Environmental Radiation Policy Section of the Department of Environment. “They assured us that all masts opeating in the locality area clearly within the ICNIRP established limits and are subject to random testing by COMREG.

The Departmenbt said the masts were subject to County Council planning regulations. Concluding, it said the school “operate at all times under the parameters and guidelines set by the Department of Education and Skills.”

Mr. Jordan said he was disappointed but not surprised by the answer.

- Henry Bauress